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What effects will Brexit have on customs? The customs administration has prepared intensively in the areas of personnel, IT-supported customs clearance and raising the awareness of companies for Brexit.

The customs administration has prepared intensively The customs administration has prepared intensively for Brexit in order to be able to guarantee the best possible performance of tasks as a result of Brexit. We want to ensure that goods traffic can continue as well as possible even in the event of a Brexit without an agreement on future EU-GBR relations – especially at the major international seaports and airports. Brexit will make one of our largest trading partners a third country under customs law . The associated return to customs formalities and controls and possibly also customs duties will make trade with Great Britain considerably more difficult. The clearance of goods from third countries is not a new task for customs, but this will increase in scope post-Brexit. Customs has prepared itself well for this. In the federal budget, around 900 additional positions were approved for Brexit. The staff will gradually strengthen the customs administration. The customs services likely to be hardest hit by Brexit were assigned additional staff at an early stage. The focus is on the international cargo airports of Leipzig, Frankfurt / Main and Cologne as well as the seaport of Hamburg. This results in a fundamentally service- and business-oriented strengthening of customs clearance in particularly affected areas.Optimization of customs clearance through IT and flexible deployment of personnel: establishment of a Brexit pool.In addition, customs will be the additional work as a result of the Brexit via flexible staffing and IT-supported Countering optimization of the clearance process. In order to be able to react flexibly to the quantitative and local effects of Brexit, the General Customs Directorate has e.g. A Brexit pool has been set up through which customs departments can support each other in an IT-based manner if necessary.Customs sensitizes and informs companiesBrexit cannot be dealt with by the customs administration alone: ​​the companies affected must also prepare for Brexit. Information events on the subject of “Brexit and Customs” were held nationwide in seven cities with a total of around 1,500 participants to raise the awareness of economic stakeholders. If necessary, there is also an exchange between the General Customs Directorate and the economic operators, in particular with the postal and express service providers. A customs website provides information on the effects of Brexit and provides specialist information, in particular on the customs requirements and necessary formalities in the movement of goods with third countries . In addition, relevant information from the EU Commission as well as the French and Dutch customs authorities (Eurotunnel and ports) and information from the British government on the future (customs) legal framework there are linked.


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